Burnturk & Kettlehill Community Trust

Capital improvements benefitting two rural Scottish communities.

Group of adults, children and two dogs in outdoor gear outside community centre

Approximately 15% of our grants are for community capital projects that help to improve important facilities that enable local people to come together. A good example of a local capital project is the Jubilee Hall that serves the remote rural villages of Burnturk and Kettlehill, Fife.

The Burnturk & Kettlehill Community Trust (BKCT) was formed in 2017 to run the hall, which was built in the 19th century, and ensure it was fit for generations to come. The hall is the areas only public building and is widely used all year round by the local community for everything from bird box making to a community radio project! Having taken on the management of the building, BKCT had identified a series of capital improvements that would make the building more energy efficient, improve physical access, make it more flexible, and aid its ability to generate income.

At a time of ever-increasing costs, the capital funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation was an essential contribution to actually achieving all the funds needed for the building works. These included an extension, better heating, lighting and ventilation, and making the premises fully accessible and fit for the 21st century. The improved facilities have already allowed us to secure funding for some additional activities for all ages including events for younger residents, a dementia lunch club, exercise classes, and a First Aid Training event.

As with most capital projects in recent times, Covid-19 had caused delays and increased costs to the Jubilee Hall’s works and, despite years of continual fundraising, BKCT found itself with a shortfall it was struggling to fill as it had exhausted other funding sources. We were happy to help close BKCT’s fundraising gap so it could finish the capital works.

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